NEW YORK - Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today said that two court decisions on several Arkansas abortion laws illustrate the importance of judicial appointments.
“It’s not a coincidence that the federal judge who overturned Arkansas’s pro-life laws was appointed by President Obama and the federal appeals court judges who ruled against that jurist’s earlier abortion decision were appointed by President George W. Bush,” said Fr. Pavone. “Liberal presidents name liberal ideologues to the bench who interpret the law to match their agendas; conservative presidents are much more likely to nominate judges who interpret the law to mean what it says.”
President Trump has explicitly said his judges would be pro-life. We applaud him for that.”
A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling of Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, declaring that Arkansas can enforce its law that establishes protections for women taking abortion pills. Shortly after that decision, Judge Baker issued injunctions barring the enforcement of four new Arkansas abortion laws passed this year, including measures to protect unborn children from dismemberment and sex-selection abortions.
Priests for Life is working across the country to pass and defend laws protecting babies from dismemberment.
“The Arkansas cases highlight one of the most important aspects of presidential elections, the naming of federal judges,” added Fr. Pavone. “Lifetime appointments to the bench have life-or-death consequences for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.